Shpend Maxhuni, current General Director of the Kosovo Police (KP) has been appointed as Director of the Kosovo Intelligence Agency (KIA).
The Prime Minister’s Office has issued a press release confirming Maxhuni’s appointed as head of Kosovo’s intelligence. Shpend Maxhuni was appointed as General Director of the Kosovo Police after Hashim Thaci and his party – the PDK came to power in 2007. Now with Thaci’s blessing, he has been appointed chief of KIA. “Today, the President of Kosovo Hashim Thaci, jointly with Prime Minister, Ramush Haradinaj, have appointed new director of the Kosovo Intelligence Agency (KIA),” it is stated in the press release.
Maxhuni will replace Driton Gashi who was dismissed by PM Haradinaj for his role over the arrest and deportation of the six Turkish nationals suspected of their links with Gulen’s movement. PM Haradinaj dismissed KIA chief and Interior Minister stating that he was not informed of the operation which was carried out in cooperation with Turkish national intelligence agency. According to the Law dismissal and appointing of the KIA chief is done by the President and Prime Minister.